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REGIONAL EYE CENTER SNOW WATCH

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 20

TENNESSEE

JOHNSON CO SCHOOLS – CLOSED

ROGERSVILLE CITY SCHOOL – CLOSED

VIRGINIA

BUCHANAN CO SCHOOLS – CLOSED

TAZWELL CO SCHOOLS – 2 HOUR DELAY

NORTH CAROLINA

AVERY CO SCHOOLS – CLOSED

MITCHELL CO SCHOOLS – CLOSED

ASHE CO SCHOOLS – 2 HOUR DELAY

WATAUGA CO SCHOOLS – 2 HOUR DELAY

CRIMINAL SIMULATION

A JONESBOROUGH MAN WAS ARRESTED, AFTER JOHNSON CITY POLICE RESPONDED TO TACO BELL ON THE BRISTOL HIGHWAY TUESDAY, ABOUT A MAN HAVING PASSED A COUNTERFEIT 100 DOLLAR BILL. 22 YEAR OLD JUSTIN CARSON WAS LOCATED A SHORT TIME LATER, AND WAS FOUND TO BE IN POSSESSION OF AND ADDITIONAL 4700 DOLLARS IN COUNTERFEIT CURRENCY. CARSON WAS CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL SIMULATION, AND IS SCHEDULED TO BE ARRAIGNED IN SULLIVAN COUNTY COURT THIS MORNING.

CDC WARNS CWD AFFECTED MEAT COULD INFECT HUMANS

THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL HAS ISSUED A WARNING ABOUT A DEADLY DISEASE SPREADING IN THE UNITED STATES. CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE, KNOWN AS THE ZOMBIE DEER DISEASE, IS AN ILLNESS THAT INFECTS THE BRAIN, SPINE, AND TISSUE OF DEER, ELK, AND MOOSE. ACCORDING TO THE CDC, THE DISEASE STARTS BY INFECTING PRION PROTEINS IN THE BRAIN, AND IS PASSED THROUGH CONTACT WITH CONTAMINATED BODY FLUIDS AND TISSUE. AFFLICTED ANIMALS SHOW SYMPTOMS SUCH AS EMACIATION FROM FORGETTING TO EAT, EXCESSIVE DROOLING, AND STUMBLING. THERE ARE NO TREATMENTS OR VACCINES FOR THE DISEASE, AND IT IS FATAL. THE CDC HAS RAISED THE ALARM ABOUT THE POTENTIAL FOR THE DISEASE TO INFECT HUMANS, AS A JULY 2017 STUDY HAS SHOWN MONKEYS WHO ATE INFECTED DEER MEAT CONTRACTED THE DISEASE. THERE IS NO KNOWN CASE OF THE DISEASE IN A PERSON. HOWEVER THE CDC HAS WARNED THE PUBLIC TO TEST VENISON OR ELK MEAT FOR THE DISEASE, BEFORE EATING IT FROM AREAS WITH DOCUMENTED INFECTIONS.

THP GHOST PATROL IN TRI CITIES

A GHOST IS PATROLLING THE TRI CITIES. THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL HAS INTRODUCED WHAT IT CALLS GHOST, LOW PROFILE VEHICLES THAT ALLOW LAW ENFORCEMENT MARKINGS TO APPEAR ALMOST INVISIBLE, GIVING TROOPERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO KEEP A CLOSER EYE ON DRIVERS, AS THEY PATROL AREA ROADS, LOOKING FOR IMPAIRED AND DISTRACTED DRIVERS. THE VEHICLES DO HAVE REFLECTIVE STRIPES AND DECALS ON THE SIDES AND REAR FOR SAFETY. IT’S A FULLY OUTFITTED POLICE INTERCEPTOR, AND HAS ALL THE TECHNOLOGY OF A NORMAL POLICE CAR. THP SAYS THERE ARE ONLY FOUR GHOST VEHICLE IN TENNESSEE, AND ONE OF THEM WILL BE ON PATROL IN THE TRI CITIES REGION.

MAN ATTACKED BY ROBBERS POSING TO BE STRANDED MOTORISTS

A MAN WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL OVER THE WEEKEND, AFTER BEING ATTACK BY ROBBERS POSING AS STRANDED MOTORISTS IN HAWKINS COUNTY. ACCORDING TO THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE, THE MAN NOTICED A MAROON HONDA WITH THE HOOD UP NEAR SIMPSON LOOP. HE SAID A WOMAN WAS STANDING IN FRONT OF THE VEHICLE, AND A MAN WAS IN THE PASSENGER SEAT. WHEN HE STOPPED TO HELP, HE WAS ATTACKED BY THE TWO, PLUS THREE TO FOUR OTHER MEN WHO EMERGED FROM THE NEARBY WOODS. THEY REPORTEDLY TOOK 30 DOLLARS FROM HIS WALLET DURING THE ATTACK. THE INCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.